• About the name: “ABNAA al-Shams,” directly translated from Arabic means “Children of the Sun.”

  • A Short History of Syrian Christianity:

    1. One of the major events of Christian history was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to Paul on the road to Damascus. However, before that point Jesus was already known in Syria.

    2. The House of Saint Ananias (also called Chapel of Saint Ananias) is an ancient underground structure in Damascus, Syria, that is the remains of the home of Ananias of Damascus. This is where Ananias baptized Saul, who became Paul the Apostle.

  • Syrian History

    1. It is said that Syria dates back to the Paleolithic Era (c. 800,000 BC) and as part of the Fertile Crescent since 10,000 BC it was once of the center of Neolithic culture where agriculture and cattle breeding appeared for the first time in the world.

    2. Damascus, the capital of Syria, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

  • History of Syrian-American Immigration:

    1. Syrian immigrants started to settle in the United States in large numbers during the end of the 19th century and early 20th century.

  • Some info on “Founders”:

    • Majd Alhanna: Immigrated from Kafroun, Syria in 2003. A lot of her family had immigrated before her and gave her insight into the American dream.

    • Murad Hanna:Immigrated from Qamishli, Syria in 2012 after the “uprising” put social, political and religious pressure on life in Syria. Wholesale importer/exporter of Mediterranean food products and restaurant services.

    • Jinani Slaibi: Immigrated from Bsarsar, Syria in 2003.


Our Name :

Abnaa Al Shams is a non-profit organization committed to helping Syrians in the United States and has 1300+ members. In the Cleveland area alone, Abnaa Al Shams has over 120 members.

We provide opportunities for service learning and education.


  • Bring the tools of community development and faith together in a collaborative effort to serve the Syrian community in the United States.

  • Organize Syrian communities in the United States by helping to incorporate and advance Syrian society (both on an individual and collective basis) within western society.

  • Promote and practice the highest standards of fellowship and service to the Syrian community by delivering programs, services and resources to its members.

  • Seek to build justice, relationships and serve the people of Syria living in the United States and assist the general community by creating opportunities for dialogue, grassroots partnerships and reconciliation.

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